Hospice Care offers palliative care services to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness, either at their home or their place of residence. Our compassionate, competent and committed personnel’s ultimate goal is to enhance and maintain the quality of life of the patient, caregiver and family.
How can you obtain these services?
Hospice care is covered by Medicare Part A once your physician and the hospice medical director certify that you are terminally ill and have six months or less to live. Then you are asked to sign a hospice care election statement.
The terminal illness certification is valid for a first period of 90 days. The patient has the right to continue receiving services for 90 additional days, if and when evaluated by the hospice physician and he or she determines that the condition is deteriorating. The patient has the right to continue receiving services for an additional third period of 60 days, which can be renewed indefinitely for periods of 60 days if the condition so requires.
Election and Consent Requirements
The patient or his/her representative has to sign the Election of Services document of Hospice San Lucas before services are initiated. You have to agree to receive only palliative not curative treatment.
Hospice services include medical and support services from professionals who will visit you regularly depending on your care plan. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care and support to the patient and his/her family when they need it. You will receive these services from a team of medical professionals at regular working hours, Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and after working hours through our ‘on call’ service.
- Social Workers
- Diet and Nutrition Counseling
- Palliative Care Physiotherapy
- Occupational Therapy Palliative Care
- Speech Therapy Palliative Care
- Health Assistants and Housekeepers (based on patients’ needs)
- Medication for the condition/symptoms control
- Bereavement support services and counseling to all family members for up to one year after the death of the hospice patient
- Durable medical equipment and disposable medical supplies for the care of the patient
- Mechanical ventilator - Available to patients at Hospital San Lucas, Ponce. Respiratory therapists, pneumologists, and nurses monitor patient’s progress.
Who is eligible?
Hospice and Home Care San Lucas
How do I qualify for your services?
In order to be eligible to receive services from Hospice and Home Care San Lucas, your primary care physician has to complete a referral form. You may bring the referral to any of our offices, send it by fax, call our office, or ask that one of our office representatives collects it.
Who is eligible for Home Care services?
Any person with an acute or chronic condition and Home Care coverage from Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Government Health Plan, or Private Plan is eligible for these services.
Eligibility criteria for Medicare Home Health Care
- Homebound patients (confined to their home) with a normal inability to leave home to receive medical care and that leaving home requires a considerable effort
- Patients in need of skilled nursing services or rehabilitation therapy on an intermittent basis
- Patients that require necessary and reasonable services
- Patients that need services offered under a physician’s supervision
In order to qualify to obtain services from Hospice San Lucas:
- You or your family member must have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) or private health insurance plan with hospice care coverage.
- Both your doctor and the hospice doctor must agree that you suffer a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less.
- You or your family member wish to receive palliative instead of curative treatment for the disease.